PGA of Alberta Partners with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce an official partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada!
Starting in 2019, Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada will become the Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship held throughout the season. Furthermore, this tournament will again have an opening round at the beginning of the season at a venue to be announced and will be known as the “Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada Team Match Play Championship”.
Both organizations are thrilled with this new partnership. Long-time supporter of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show, Srixon/Cleveland Golf have always felt a strong support in the Alberta community and are eager to solidify this relationship for many years to come. This partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf as the “Title Sponsor” of the Team Match Play demonstrates the organization’s dedication to the PGA of Alberta and all its Members.
About Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada Corporation: Cleveland Golfand Srixonenjoy a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Inbee Park.ClevelandGolf, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls that offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf remains steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf”.
Registration is now open for the 2019 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar, presented by E-Z-GO and SuperSpeed Golf on March 4th and 5th at the Carriage House Inn. We have an incredible couple of days lined up with some exceptional speakers to Educate, Motivate and Inspire!
This year we are offering Early Bird pricing - register before February 1st, 2019 to take advantage of great savings.
Guest speakers include David Orr, Will Robins, Theoren Fleury, James Beebe, George Pinches and many more talented professionals. For more information on speakers, topics and accommodation - CLICK HERE
Orr, Robins and Fleury to Headline 2019 Spring Seminar
The Education Committee is pleased to announce three very exciting headliners for the 2019 Spring Seminar - David Orr, Will Robins and Theoren Fleury.
David Orr is a PGA Tour coach and world-renowned putting specialist. David has worked with over 50 touring professionals worldwide including: Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Cameron Percy, DA Points, Daniel Berger and Cheyenne Woods. The Director of Instruction at Campbell University and a name on the 2019 Golf magazine Top 100 Instructor list, David loves to share his experiences, information and insight with other golf instructors through his "Flatstick Academy Certified Instructor Program".
Will Robins, a certified PGA Professional, is helping revolutionize golf instruction worldwide by helping golf professionals guarantee results with their players. Through his companies, WRGolf and Robins Golf Logistix, Will trains over 80 coaches worldwide on how to implement programs that accellerate and guarantee results for students while doubling their teaching and coaching revenue. He is an engaging speaker with a mission to motivate. With an incredible story, his journey from surviving the 2004 Tsunami to his passion for coaching the game of golf, Will is committed to changing lives.
Theoren Fleury - Stanley Cup Winner. Olympic Gold Medallist. Country Musician. Best Selling Author. For some people that’s enough, but Theoren Fleury is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles by igniting leadership, action and resilience from within. Fleury is a dynamic speaker and not only entertains, but empowers everyone to tackle issues from a fresh perspective. Motivating to confront obstacles head on and truly understanding that change is possible and quitting is never an option is just one thing Theoren will be diving into.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers and topics. Registration will be opening next week for the 2019 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar - March 4th and 5th at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary AB.
Click here for more information including all confirmed speakers.
Board of Directors/Assistants’ Board - Nomination Form
If you are interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors, please click Read More below for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit is January 18, 2019 by 4pm.
Elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta.
The PGA of Alberta would like to wish everyone and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office will be closed starting December 24th and will be open again on January 2nd.
Golf Show News
’Tis the Season of Savings
Due to the spirit of the holidays the PGA of Alberta has decided to extend the early bird rates for the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Show until Friday, December 21st. After the 21st all booth prices will go back to their normal rates.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Alan Ewen in Memoriam (1933-2018)
PGA of Canada Life Member and PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Alan Ewen passed away on December 12th at the age of 85.
Born on November 27th, 1933, and raised in Dunfermline, Scotland, Alan got his start in the game of golf when he came to Canada at age 27, playing at the Victoria GC in Edmonton. His natural ability allowed him to progress quickly in the game and following a brief stint as President of the Victoria GC, Al decided to make his passion his profession. In 1962, Alan joined the PGA of Canada and became an Assistant to Jack Reynolds at the Red Deer G&CC.
In 1965, Bud Loftus took him on as an Assistant at the Calgary G&CC, where his career flourished. He remained as an Assistant to Loftus for ten years, and upon Bud’s retirement in 1975, Ewen assumed the Head Professional role, a post he held until his retirement in 1994, some thirty years later.
Alan’s commitment to the profession and to the Association have been evident throughout his career. He had an outstanding service record as Head Professional at the Calgary G&CC, highlighted with the Members at the club providing him with a lifetime membership. Alan also served on the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors for five years, was President of the Board for two years, served on the National Board of Directors for eight years and was President of the PGA of Canada for two years.
As an accomplished player, Alan won the Alberta Assistants’ Championship in 1971, and finished in the top ten three times at the Western Assistant Professional Championship between 1965 and 1968. In 1993, he became a Life Member of the PGA of Canada and in 2008, he was a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Association Builder category.
Alan always seemed to take the time to discuss the game with anyone and had a number of close relationships at the Calgary G&CC. He played a great part in building the club and will be greatly missed.
More information will be provided once confirmed.
Golf Show News
Alberta Golf Show - Early Bird Registration Deadline is TOMORROW
Tomorrow (December 14th) is the final day to receive the early bird exhibitor rates for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Show. Don’t miss your chance on great savings and the ability to support the Alberta golf industry. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your 2019 cash flow and to promote your facility to over 8000 passionate golfers searching for new courses.
If you have any questions at all in regards to attending the shows or the registration process please contact Quinn Logan at [email protected]
We hope to see everyone there.
PGA of Canada News
PGA Head Pro Championship of Canada - Final Results
The PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada at Wigwam GC in Arizona is now complete. Congratulations to the following PGA of Alberta Members on their great performances at the Championship; Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) finished T-11 at even par over the three days, Tyler LeBouthillier (Lynx Ridge GC) finished T-15 at 1-over, and both Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) and Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC) finished T-22 at 3-over.
The PGA of Alberta is happy to announce Zak Lucas as the newest member to the Zone staff in the position of Education & Tournament Coordinator. Zak’s role will include coordinating the Education Program from the Spring Seminar to all PD Series’ as well as being present at the majority of PGA of Alberta tournaments next season. Zak graduated from the PGM Program at Humber College. He has been around the game since an early age, and his passion for the sport has kept him working in the industry for over a decade. Zak can now be reached by email at [email protected].
In October a survey was sent to all Members in order to collect valuable feedback on the PGA of Alberta Buying Show. To show our appreciation to participants, we ran a draw for one member to receive a Husky gift card and the winner is... Chris McKenzie, Head Professional at Miskanaw GC. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.
Golf Show News
2019 Golf Show Early Bird Registration
The early bird registration deadline for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows is on December 14th, 2018 which is right around the corner. Take advantage of the early bird rates and don’t miss your chance on great savings and being a part of the Alberta Golf Shows.
Reasons to attend the Golf Show are to gain access to approximately 8,000 passionate golfers throughout the province, have access to our million dollar clearance centre, sell green fees and memberships and expose your brand or facility to new demographics in a fun environment. Attending the show can help increase the number of golfers walking into your clubhouse as well as increased sales in memberships.
For more information on how to register, rates and deadlines please visit the link below.
Alberta Club Pro Team Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf
Congratulations to Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC), Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC), Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) and Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC) who will be representing Team Alberta, sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf, at the 2018 PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada Inter-Zone Team Competition at Wigwam GR in Phoenix, Arizona on December 3-6. Good luck to all Alberta Professionals competing at the upcoming Championship.
Exhibitor registration is now open for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows in March. The registration DEADLINE is February 9th. With limited space we recommend you register as soon as possible. For more information on both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows click the link below.
The newest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live! Content in this issue includes a recap of the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet, update on the new PGA of Canada Training Program, the new Fort McMurray GC Clubhouse, and more!
Born on June 11, 1956 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Paul Lowe joined the PGA of Canada in 1978 starting his career in golf at the Bridgewater G&CC in Fort Erie, Ontario where he worked for seven seasons. Once achieving his Class ‘A’ status, Paul moved to Henderson Lake Golf Club under the guidance of Jim McLaughlin before accepting his first Head Professional position at the Hillcrest Sports Centre in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1986. A number of moves across Western Canada within a year and a half brought him back to Henderson Lake to accept the Head Professional position where he remained for 28 years. It wasn’t long after this move that he began to stand out as a leader in the golf industry. Considered by his peers as a mentor in junior golf, retail, customer service, teaching and playing, Mr. Lowe has inspired many golf professionals to be the best version of themselves both on and off the course. He can be quoted by many saying, “treat the person off the street with the same quality you would give your best member”.
Under the mentorship of Jim McLaughlin, Paul learned the ‘Junior-Junior Program’ from the son of Jack McLaughlin, the very person that introduced it to the PGA of Canada and learned the importance of strong Junior Programs. With this guidance combined with his passion and commitment to junior development made his program one of the best in Southern Alberta at the time. This program that was held out of Henderson Lake provided an introduction to the game and stimulated the interest of golf to juniors in Lethbridge and the surrounding area. As soon a junior became a member at the Henderson Lake, they were automatically enrolled in this program with no extra charge for instruction. With two other Golf Professionals, Paul went on to implement a Junior Super League which included ten clubs in the Southern Alberta area including Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary and High River. Above the instruction that he provided, Paul made it his goal to start the Henderson Lake GC Junior Scholarship Program. To date, approximately $90,000 has been raised for the Scholarship Program. His innovative junior development ideas were recognized by the PGA of Alberta in 1998 & 2006 when he won Junior Leader of the Year. He was nominated three more times in this category and once for Club Professional of the Year in 2014.
Mike Mezei, writer for SCOREGolf and past PGA Tour Canada winner, and Dunc Mills, Executive Director of the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour both commended Paul for outstanding dedication to both Henderson Lake and junior golf in Canada in their 2014 articles.
In a further effort to develop Golf Professionals in Alberta, Paul, Brian Huculak, the current Executive Professional at the Lethbridge CC and the Director of Lethbridge College at the time introduced the PGA Golf Management Program to the College. The three were instrumental in building the noteworthy program which many PGA of Canada golf professionals were enrolled in.
Receiving the Life Professional designation in 2015, Paul remains to be active in the Association and continues to be a role model to many members. He takes great care of the ones in whom he sees great potential in and always inspires them to grow into Golf Professionals of their own. The Association is pleased to recognize Paul as the third Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Leadership Category.
Thank you to everyone who attended and played a part in the 2018 PGA of Alberta Buying Show. We are proud to run the largest Buying Show in Canada each year and it would not be possible without the continued support from our Exhibitors, Partners and Attendees! We wish everyone a great off-season this year and we hope to see you back in 2019. Statistics for the Show will be released shortly to Exhibitors and PGA of Alberta Members.
PGA of Alberta Bursary Recipients
The PGA of Alberta along with Callaway Golf is pleased to present eight bursaries of $1,000 each to the following deserving Candidates for Membership and Assistants’: Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC), Bryce Halverson (The Winston GC), Carson Taylor (Cottonwood G&CC), Chad Feener (Leduc GC), John Deneer (Bearspaw CC), Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary), Nick Becker (Silver Springs G&CC) and Shannon Raina (Sirocco GC). Congratulations and thank you to everyone who applied.
The PGA of Alberta announced the winners of the annual awards on Wednesday, October 17th at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Individuals were recognised for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the Game of Golf. Categories that were recognised include Club Professional, Teacher, Lifetime Achievement, and the Association`s inaugural Executive Professional of the Year. Congratulations to all of the winners! Click read more to view this year’s winners.
The Awards issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live! Content in this issue includes an overview of the 2018 Award Finalists, a recap of recent PGA of Alberta Championship winners, feature on Ladies’ Champion Marsha Rogers, Tiger vs. Phil’s epic 9-million dollar match, and much more! Award winners will be announced at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Oct 17th.
Due to the recent cancellation of the Pro-Assistant, Callaway Golf will now sponsor the PGA of Alberta Bursary Program for the 2018 season. With the new sponsorship from Callaway Golf, we are now offering EIGHT bursaries total of $1,000 each!! A minimum of four of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal CFM’s working 9-months or less for their employer.
With the recent change to the Bursary Program, the DEADLINE has been extended to Friday, October 5th at 12pm! If you have not applied already, this is a perfect opportunity to submit your application which can be done online for a chance to win one of the eight bursaries worth $1,000 to help further develop yourself as a Golf Professional.
Thank you to Callaway Golf for sponsoring the 2018 Bursaries!
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce the 2018 Awards Finalists! Winners will be announced at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 17th at the Edmonton Expo Centre. All members and partners of the PGA of Alberta are encouraged to join us for this evening of recognition and celebration. The Cocktail Party will start at 5:00pm and the Awards Banquet will start at approximately 5:30pm. Good luck to all of the 2018 Finalists!
The team from the South of Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary) and Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary) are your 2018 PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Champions after a cold and hard-fought battle at the Red Deer G&CC. Fenwick and Kureluk won the match on the second playoff hole against the North team of David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) and Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC). The match was a back and forth contest all day long which included five hole-out shots, one being an eagle by MacComb on a par 4.
The winning team of Fenwick and Kureluk will walk away with $3,000 each in prize money after winning five matches throughout the season to become the Champions.
Strong Showing by Alberta Pro’s at National Championship
To no surprise, PGA of Alberta Professionals dominated the leaderboard at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada hosted at The Winston GC, with six players finishing in the top ten. Congratulations to Riley Fleming (2nd, NGA Dome), Dustin Risdon (3rd, NGA @ McCall Lake), Albert Pistorius (T-4th, Pinebrook G&CC), Stefan Cox (6th, Calgary G&CC), Wes Heffernan (T-7th, Golf Canada Centre) and Craig Gibson (T-9th, Sirocco GC) on the top ten finishes at the Championship. Congratulations also to Marc-Etienne Bussieres of the Quebec zone on winning the Championship.
Special shout out to Riley Fleming who posted the round of the Championship on the final round shooting a 9-under 63 to propel himself to a second-place finish.
The PGA of Alberta invites you to attend the Buying Show Education Series during the 3-day Show. There will be three separate Buying Show Education Series Workshops throughout the course of the show. See the below details for more information on topics, dates and times. Registration is now live for all Buying Show Education components.
October 16 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
It’s Showtime - Planning for the Buy Webinar
October 17 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IMPACT Tournament Systems - Enhance your Tournament Experience
October 18 @ 11:00AM - 12:00PM
2019 Golf Rule Changes - Everything you need to know
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to present the second annual 2018 winter “Teaching Summit” hosted in the Arizona area. This 3-day educational event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max.) to observe interactive lessons with two of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Gabriel Hjertstedt and Martin Chuck. During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons, always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher.
The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $800 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to 16 hours of instruction at a fraction of that cost. Full details of the PGA of Alberta “Arizona Teaching Summit” and biographies of the both instructors can be found below.
*Please note that their are limited spots available and will be given on a first come first serve basis.
Every other year the PGA of Alberta sends a Compensation Survey to the membership to complete. The survey is a very important tool for our Association as it allows us to give our membership the most current earning potential in each area of the province based on their position. The more surveys that are filled out, the more accurate both the averages and high/low points will be. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey. Once completed, you will be sent a copy of the results.
Every Member will receive 5 PD points for completing the survey!
Alberta Assistants’ Team Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf
Congratulations and good luck to Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) who will be representing Team Alberta sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf, at the 2018 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Inter-Zone Team Competition at The Winston GC in Calgary on September 16-19. Good luck to all Alberta Assistant Professionals competing at the Championship next week.
Round two of the Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton saw plenty of action throughout the round making for an exciting day. Conditions were much improved from round one for the field with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees and having no rain on the course.
After a hard fought battle on the course, Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) emerged as the 2018 Fall Championship winner thanks to his superb round one of 6-under 64. Wes followed up his opening round score with a solid 1-under 69 today to hold off all competitors and securing his place as the Champion with a two-day total score of 133 (7-under).
Not without competition, Heffernan was challenged all day by Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who shot the round-two low 4-under 66. Stefan’s efforts today secured his 2nd place finish in the Championship which included four birdies and fourteen pars to fall two shy of Wes at 135 total (5-under).
Finishing third in the Championship one back of Cox was local favourite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC). Playing at his home course, Mike had an excellent second round of 3-under 67 to finish with a total of 136.
Rounding out the top five was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) finishing in fourth with a 139 (1-under) and Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) in fifth with a 141 (1-over).
Final tournament of the PGA of Alberta schedule is the Pro-Assistant hosted at Kananaskis Country GC on October 1 & 2.
Forty-four of Alberta’s top competitors teed off for round one at the newly formed PGA of Alberta Fall Championship hosted at Royal Mayfair GC and proudly sponsored by long-time PGA of Alberta partner, Sunice/Bobby Jones. The weary weather forced players to dress for cold and wet conditions throughout the day with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Fortunately the rain held off for the majority of the day giving the players almost ideal playing conditions.
Playing in his tenth event this season and hunting for his third victory is Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) who started his opening round at the 1:20pm time and finished with a 6-under 64 to give himself a commanding lead and only one off the course record. Wes was able to finish hole 18 with a beautiful 50-foot putt for birdie to increase his lead. Four strokes behind Wes in sole possession of second is Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC) who finished round one with a score of 2-under 68. Close behind the two leaders in a four-way tie for third place is Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), local fan favorite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) & Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who finished the first 18 holes with a score of 1-under 69.
Close behind the leaders shooting an even-par round of 70 is Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Scott Borsa (Devon GC) & Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC). Round two is set for a competitive day of golf as there is 12 players that are plus one or better that all have the ability to put some pressure on the leaders.
Round two will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 11th) at 11am. Players will have a chance to improve upon their round one scores as the weather forecast is showing for minimal wind and temperatures reaching a high of 15 degrees. Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates tomorrow.